THE Hamilton Hill home of a Brisbane inventor who helped put NASA into space has changed hands for the first time in more than 50 years — selling for $2.1 million at auction.
Norman Flournoy, 88, has 27 worldwide patents to his name, including technical inventions used in ballistics and rocketry in the United States.
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His wife, Marea Reed, worked from home as an optometrist for three decades and still has the original chair she used, which was made in 1876 from solid brass and bronze.
Mrs Reed moved into the home at 29 Queens Road in 1965 with her first husband, who was an architect.
“It was a wreck when we first came here,” she recalls.
“He did some beautiful, sensitive alterations to the house.
“It’s a wonderful mix of the traditional colonial and the new avant-garde.”
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Marketing agent Nick Kouparitsas of Ray White Ascot said the home attracted eight registered bidders at auction, with four actively vying for the property.
Mr Kouparitsas said the winning bidder was a family from Clayfield who wanted the six-bedroom, two-bathroom colonial home because of the spectacular river and city views and the large 890 sqm block perched high on Hamilton Hill.
“It’s got an absolutely fantastic view and position,” Mrs Reed said.
“What I love about it is the great expanse of sky.
“It’s a very happy home.”
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Traditional features include a wraparound entry veranda, original timber flooring, wide hallway and VJ walls.
There is a large back deck, which extends off the living and dining area that would be perfect for alfresco dinners or parties.
It overlooks the backyard, which allows plenty of room for a pool or home extension.
Underneath the home is a spacious studio with bedroom/lounge area and kitchenette — ideal for a guest wing or teenage retreat.
Mr Kouparitsas said the new owners planned to renovate in a couple of years.